New Mini 14 owner

Discussion in 'Mini-14 Forum' started by bountytracker, May 9, 2012.

  1. bountytracker

    bountytracker New Member

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    I'm currently a new Mini 14 owner. My wife bought it for me for my birthday this past week. It's the new tactical series black 582 with folding stock. She also bought me a UTG bipod and adjustable foregrip for it. I haven't taken it to the range yet. I was wondering if there was a certain type of ammo I should be shooting to break it in and what type of ammo should I use regularly in it. I'll try to get some pics of it soon. Thanks.
     
  2. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    Welcome to the forum.
    There isn't really any special ammo for breaking in a gun. You may find it functions better or is more accurate with some kinds though.
    Just buy the right caliber and put rounds down range.
     

  3. bountytracker

    bountytracker New Member

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    Thanks. I'll do that. I was just wondering because the sales person at another gun store (not where my wife bought it) said I had to use some special ammo to break it in. I thought that was something new that I never heard of.
     
  4. mountainman13

    mountainman13 New Member

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    He was probably trying to sell the most expensive stuff he had.
    I've never heard such a thing.
     
  5. bountytracker

    bountytracker New Member

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    Your right. I just realized that. He told me that the cheaper ones were on backorder for a couple months. I'm glad I found this forum.
     
  6. hawkguy

    hawkguy Well-Known Member

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    welcome! you should like that mini, i love mine! there are a few posters hanging around that can help you with just about any question related to your mini and then some.

    i think you should check out a thread below called barrel conditioning. it was made by steve4102 who has forgotten more than i will ever know about minis. while i don't think it is necessary to break in the barrel, it could give you good results/improvements on your accuracy.

    before you do any serious tests on accuracy, run a few hundred through it and enjoy it. oh! and lets see your b-day present in the gallery!

    ps-i have never gotten a b-day present that good! :mad:
     
  7. bountytracker

    bountytracker New Member

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    Thanks. I'll check out that thread when I get home. I just got a call and my wife just bought me a tactical light with the pressure trigger. Can't wait to install it tonight.
     
  8. plumbernater

    plumbernater New Member

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    I would say have fun with your new mini. Buy several different bullt grain sizes. to see what yours likes the best or groups better with.
     
  9. tri70

    tri70 New Member

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    Good advise! Some will like 45 gr Winchester and some will like the heavy stuff like 60-69 gr bullets. Use the cheap 55 gr for break in and fun plinking. That's great that your wife bought the gun for you! Does she have a sister???:D
     
  10. bountytracker

    bountytracker New Member

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    Thanks. Lol. I'll try to get pics up soon of the mini.
     
  11. Gunlover857

    Gunlover857 New Member

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    I agree, you don't need to buy expensive ammo to break in the gun. I have fired various loads through my Tactical and haven't had any problems.
     
  12. bountytracker

    bountytracker New Member

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    Pictures and Nikon P-223 3-9x40mm

    Sorry it took too long to post pics. My wife just bought me the Nikon P-223 3-9x40mm today and I finally got a camera. I installed the scope with a UTG MNT-214D, because the front of the scope was touching the top rail system with the factory rings. This mount is pretty cool, I am able to still use the iron sights. I haven't gone to the range yet to shoot my Mini. I will keep you guys posted. Hope you guys like it.
     

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  13. Gonzilla

    Gonzilla Active Member

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    You rear sight looks like an upgrade to the flip up puppy mine came with many a year ago. I installed a 3-9 w 40 mm and it barely fits w factory stock. I've always been in the low a mount as possible school of thought so please let me know how yours works out.

    When you read the barrel conditioning thread, that may have been the ammo the clerk was referring to. But I always try to think the best of people until they prove me wrong. ;)
     
  14. TLuker

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    That was my thought exactly, "Does she have a sister?" A wife that buys you nice stuff for your birthday, imagine that.:)

    I believe in breaking in the barrel, and I have a long drawn out process for it. But I don't think it's critical. All barrels get copper fouling. Guns in general shoot more accurately with just a little fouling (almost none). Proper cleaning will remove fouling and shooting combined with proper cleaning will eventually smooth out the bore which leads to less fouling. Breaking in a barrel, all though long and tedious, just speeds up the process of smoothing out the bore. Everyone has their own opinion on how to break in a barrel or whether or not it's even necessary. It's just something you have to read up on and form your own opinion about.

    Like Hawkguy said, check out the thread on barrel conditioning.

    And congrats on the new MINI!!!!
     
  15. myname

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    Federal XM-193 55 grain is good general purpose ammo. There are a lot of on line ammo stores if you search around you will find some decent deals on it. A lot of folks swear by TulaAmmo steel cased ammo for low cost non reload-able. I personally haven't shot any of it. Tried some Wolf steel cased stuff at one point and had problems with it sticking in the chamber as it had some lacquer coating on it that would melt onto the wall of the chamber. I hear they went to a new coating and that problem is history, but I haven't been in a rush to buy any more of it.
    I like shooting V-Max reloads from time to time for accuracy. Black Hills blue box reman ammo is a good value for accurate ammo, but still kind of pricey compared to XM-193.